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Local drugstore ahead of the trend, stops selling cigarettes long before CVS

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Seashore Discount Drugs on Carolina Beach Road stopped selling tobacco products years ago. Seashore Discount Drugs on Carolina Beach Road stopped selling tobacco products years ago.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - CVS Caremark is making headlines after announcing this week they will no longer be selling tobacco products starting in October. However, representatives from one drugstore in Wilmington say they made that decision years ago.

"I thought it was funny because it was like 'Oh we've been doing that, we're ahead of the game," said Amy Watson of Seashore Discount Drugs on Carolina Beach Road. She said the business stopped selling tobacco products about two or three years ago.

"It was not cost effective for our customers, we weren't selling the product that much," explained Watson. She says they made the decision in part because they weren't selling enough cigarettes and also because it seemed contradictory.

"In a pharmacy we sell things like vitamins, inhalation medicines and different things like that, so to sell people cigarettes or other things that are detrimental to their health on their way out the door just wasn't a good decision for us," explained Watson.

She says the decision did not impact their profits and the same number of customers continued coming through their doors.

"They were still coming to us for medications they would still come here for other things, we didn't lose our customers because of the sale of cigarettes," explained Watson.

While Seashore Discount Drugs didn't see a revenue decrease, CVS Caremark is predicting a $2 billion loss in annual revenue.

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